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Russia calls for immediate ceasefire in Libya

2011-04-25 08:08
MOSCOW - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has called for the implementation of relevant UN Security Council resolutions and an immediate cease-fire in Libya, the ministry said Sunday.

Lavrov called for a cease-fire during a telephone conversation with Libyan Prime Minister al-Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi on Saturday, the ministry said in a statement.

Lavrov said the most important thing now was to stop the suffering of civilians, so "it is necessary to unconditionally comply with the relevant resolutions made by the UN Security Council and ensure an immediate cease-fire," the ministry said.

Moscow is confident that those measures would help "create conditions for a truce," the ministry said.

The Libyan prime minister stressed the desire of Libyan officials to find a political solution to the conflict, the ministry said, adding that "he expressed interest in Russia to contribute to the search for a peaceful settlement."

In turn, Lavrov said Russia stands prepared to work with international organizations, including the African Union and the United Nations, to alleviate the humanitarian situation and promote a peace settlement in the Northern African country.

Meanwhile, Al-Mahmoudi said Libyan leadership is ready to fully observe UN Security Council Resolutions 1970 and 1973.

Resolution 1970 imposed an arms embargo against Libya and slapped sanctions on members of Gaddafi's inner circle. Resolution 1973 authorized a no-fly zone over Libya.

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